Tucked into the corner of Memorial Drive and Edmonton Trail lies a charming, tree-lined community. Bridgeland – formally known as Riverside – is one of Calgary’s oldest inner city communities. Rows of quaint little houses shadowed by large trees and parked cars make this primarily residential community a quiet and appealing place to live. The mix of condos and older homes, help add to the urban feel.
Bridgeland is minutes away from downtown with easy access to Edmonton Trail, Memorial Drive and Deerfoot Trail, making it and ideal spot for navigating in and out of the city. Not a driver? Bridgeland borders a variety of parks, pathways, and of course bridges making it even easier to navigate Calgary’s core via bike or foot rather than by car.
Eats: Bridgeland’s shops and restaurants are mainly confined to one street – 1st Ave NE – and there are definitely some hidden gems that can be found along this road: Blue Star Diner, The Main Dish, Deville Luxury Coffee & Pastries and Bridgeland Market to name a few. Local businesses not on this street can otherwise be found in residential houses that have been turned into offices close by.
Nature: Bridgeland is close to both the Elbow and Bow river, and is walking distance from the Calgary Zoo which earns this community triple points in the nature category. If that’s not enough beauty for you, Bridgeland is also the host of some spectacular views of Calgary’s skyline.
Recreation: The activities offered in Bridgeland are plenty. There are multiple fitness centres, a yoga studio and tons of opportunities for outdoor activities. If you’re looking to exercise your brain as well, Bridgeland is home to the Telus Spark Science Centre – Canada’s first purpose-built science centre in more than 25 years.
With the combination of killer views, tree-lined houses and river access, Bridgeland earns the title of Calgary’s most scenic community. If this has piqued your interest, check out some current Bridgeland listings.